SCHOLARSHIPS2018-04-02T11:05:37+00:00

Apply for Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIPS

The Scholarship Application process for 2018 is closed.

Scholarship Information

Who Can Help You?The Etowah Scholarship Foundation awards college scholarships to traditional, non-traditional and home-schooled students on an annual basis. Scholarship applications are available in January of each year and are due NO LATER than April 2 at 12:00pm EST.

Scholarships are made possible by our donors who are local businesses, individuals, churches and organizations who care about the students in Bartow County.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must satisfy one of the following requirements:

  • A graduate or previous graduate of a Bartow County or Cartersville City school and will be enrolled as a full time student in an accredited college, university, or technical school during the current academic year;
  • A home-schooled student who has been a Bartow County resident for 3 years or more and will be enrolled as a full time student in an accredited college, university, or technical school during the current academic year;
  • A GED student who has been a Bartow County resident for 3 years or more and will be enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited college, university, or technical school during the current academic year;
  • A non-traditional student who has been a resident of Bartow County for 3  years or more and will be enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited college, university, or technical school during the current academic year.

NOTE: Proof of residency may be requested if you are not a graduate of a High School located in Bartow County.

Application Process and Materials Needed:

  • The online application process requires a username and an e-mail address.  A secured password will be delivered via the e-mail address provided in the log-in.
  • An Application Checklist of required documents is listed below. Documents should be uploaded as attachments to your online application. Uploaded documents should be in PDF format.
  • If you are unable to attach your documents to your online application you may choose to send them via the mail, e-mail, fax or hand deliver them.
    MAIL: PO Box 1239, Cartersville, GA 30120
    E-MAIL: info@etowah.org
    FAX: 770-382-0288
    HAND DELIVER: 104 E. Cherokee Avenue, Cartersville, GA 30120, (Office hours are Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 4:30pm.  Office is closed Fridays.)
  • All documents must be received by 12:00pm EST on April 2, 2018. Any application or ‘trailing’ documents received after this time will NOT be considered. (If documents are mailed, a postmark of April 2, 2018 will be accepted. If the application does not contain all documents needed or any discrepancies are found, we will be unable to assist you or contact you to resolve matters. Your application will be considered incomplete.)
  • If you need additional help with your application, please contact our office.

Checklist for High School Senior (and Dual-Enrollment) Applicants:

  • Basic application completed online.
  • Official High School transcript obtained and signed by your Guidance Counseling Office. This document MUST BE obtained through your Guidance Counseling Office and sent to us in one of two ways:  1) E-mailed to us from the Counseling office; or 2) The sealed envelope hand-delivered or mailed to us.
  • A copy of your official ACT and/or SAT scores, if they are not included on your High School Transcript (for High School students only).
  • A single page essay, outlining your educational and career goals. Applicant should state why he/she feels they should be awarded a scholarship (can be need or merit based, possibly both). Applicant’s full name MUST appear in the top right hand corner of the essay. Student decides margins, font, spacing, but essay should remain one page.
  • A copy of your letter of acceptance from an accredited college, university or technical school (one will suffice) (for High School students only).
  • A copy of the current Student Aid Report (SAR)* for those applying for need-based scholarships. (After successfully completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will receive a SAR, which displays the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) in the upper right corner).

* Any SAR not received by April 2, 2018 by 12:00pm EST will require the application to be placed on a ‘merit basis’ only, limiting the scholarships for which you are eligible.
NOTE: The application for government financial aid is available at www.fafsa.gov.  All students applying for need-based scholarships MUST complete this form.

Checklist for College Students:

  • If you have received a scholarship from the Etowah Scholarship Foundation in the past academic year or are a college student, you must still complete the online application process for this year.
  • You must submit an Official transcript (NOTE: This is new for this year – we must have an OFFICIAL transcript) and 2018 Spring semester schedule proving full-time status (showing the number of credit hours).
  • A single page essay, outlining your educational and career goals, and any progress made while enrolled in college. Applicant should state why he/she feels they should be awarded a scholarship (can be need or merit based, possibly both). Applicant’s full name MUST appear in the top right hand corner of the essay. Student decides margins, font, spacing, but essay should remain one page.
  • A copy of the current Student Aid Report (SAR)* for need-based scholarships.

* Any SAR not received by April 2, 2018 by 12:00pm EST will require the application to be placed on a ‘merit basis’ only, limiting the scholarships for which you are eligible.

NOTE: See Application Process and Materials Needed section for details.

Checklist for Home-schooled Students:

  • Basic scholarship application completed online.
  • A copy of your letter of acceptance from an accredited college, university or technical school that you plan to attend (one will suffice).
  • A copy of your Home Study Program Declaration of Intent.
  • A copy of your Annual Assessment Report supporting your GPA.
  • A copy of your official ACT and/or SAT scores.
  • A single page essay, outlining your educational and career goals. Applicant should state why he/she feels they should be awarded a scholarship (can be need or merit based, possibly both). Applicant’s full name MUST appear in the top right hand corner of the essay. Student decides margins, font, spacing, but essay should remain one page.
  • A copy of the current Student Aid Report (SAR)* for need-based scholarships. (After successfully completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will receive a SAR, which displays the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) in the upper right corner).

* Any SAR not received by April 2, 2018 by 12:00pm EST will require the application to be placed on a ‘merit basis’ only, limiting the scholarships for which you are eligible.
NOTE: Application for government financial aid is available at www.fafsa.gov. All students applying for need-based scholarships MUST complete this form.

Claiming your scholarship check:

  • If you have been notified that you are a scholarship recipient, a packet will be mailed to you at the beginning of July with the details of how to claim your scholarship check.  If you have any questions, please call our office at 770-382-1757.

Frequently Asked Questions – Scholarship Application 2018

(Q): How do I log-in again if I have forgotten or lost my username and password?
(A): At the Log-in screen, choose “Forgot Username” or “Forgot Password” and an email will be sent to you with your username or new password. We can also look-up your username and reset your password from our office. (NOTE: Passwords emailed from WordPress will be complex but may be changed using the link provided in the email you receive from WordPress with your new password. It may not be worthwhile because subsequent logins will be from a link and not a login.)

(Q): I reset my password but why haven’t I received an email with the new one yet?
(A): Check your Spam folder. Try closing all browsers and checking your email again. Call us if no email is received. We can reset the password from our office.

(Q): Why can’t I log-in with the username and/or password I just reset?
(A): Try closing the browser completely and opening it back up to try again.

(Q): I clicked on the link it gave me to return to my partially completed application, but my data is not there?
(A): Close all browsers and reopen, then instead of clicking on the link, copy/paste the link into the new browser.

(Q): What if I can’t complete the application in its entirety. Can I come back to it?
(A): Yes. Before you leave the application, click the “Save and Continue Later” button. You will then be asked to fill in your email address. The link to the application will be emailed to you. This is the ONLY way to come back to the application and to see your data. Click on the link to finish the application. Once you hit “Submit”, the application is final and you may not come back to it. But, you may still email, fax, mail or hand deliver any documents that haven’t been uploaded. They must be received in our office by 12:00pm EST on April 2.

(Q): Why can’t I upload my documents?
(A): They might be too big in size. Our max is 50MB. Try reducing the size of the document. Each upload field is marked with the specific number of documents that can be uploaded. Be sure not to exceed that number. If all else fails, email, mail, fax or hand-deliver them to our office.

Q): What does the red X with a circle around it in front of the document I just uploaded mean?
(A): The document you uploaded was successful. The red X is a choice to delete the file.

(Q): I answered all the application questions, but why won’t it successfully submit it?
(A): Did you answer all the required fields marked with a red asterisk, including the very first question and the last question? Are your uploaded files too big? Are you using reliable WiFi? In some cases unreliable WiFi will cause the curser to spin and not complete the process.

(Q): Do you still need my high school transcript, ACT/SAT scores or Letter of Acceptance if I have graduated high school and I’m a college student?
(A): No, just your Official college transcript, plus your 2018 Spring semester schedule proving full-time status.

(Q): I uploaded some documents during my initial login but when I returned to complete my application why are they not showing?
(A): If you intent to come back to your application at a later date, choosing the “Save and Continue Later” button does not allow documents to be saved in that session. When you intent to complete the application for the final time (choosing the “Submit” button), upload the documents at that time.

Other Scholarship Resources

www.gafutures.org
www.bestcolleges.com/financial-aid/
www.reviews.com/best-scholarship-search-platforms/
www.fastweb.com
www.findtuition.com
www.scholarships.com
www.scholly.com
www.studentscholarships.org
www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org